Skinny Models and Sheep
I freely admit that I'm obsessed about the numbers of super-skinny models who have been on the runway. I don't mean the run-of-the-mill size 4 models but the ones who are size 0 or less. There was a presentation Monday morning by the Council of Fashion Designers of America on the issue of the models' health and eating disorders, which I found less than satisfying. No one got a chance to put the designers on the hot seat and ask them why they even hire size 0's. The presentation ended too soon. The president of the CFDA is Diane von Furstenberg, and she must have set a land speed record leaving the scene that was crowded with press as well as a bunch of eating-disorder experts who were close to being on a rampage against the industry.
Donna Karan was left to field questions, which is ironic because Donna built her business by declaring her love and respect for women with hips. At one point she must have been the fashion industry's most famous size 12 as she freely discussed her own body issues. Now she's about a size 8/10, she says, and typically selects healthy-looking models for her shows and even the occasional older model for her advertising.
I did not manage to get to the cocktail party celebrating the new Coach fragrance; I was taking in the Rodarte show, which I will tell you all about later. But word from folks who attended the soiree, which was at the home of Coach designer Reed Krakoff, is that there was a seating gaffe. Krakoff is an art aficionado and apparently had several sculptures of sheep in his home. Seems as though they were mistaken for chairs and people kept trying to sit on them. Much hand waving and head shaking took place in order to get people off the art.
I went to a show by a young designer named Pegah Anvarian. It's a contemporary line which included several nicely done jackets, particularly in leather. She's still working on bottoms however. Cobweb leggings, through which you can see underwear, are not the way to go. While there, I chatted with Troy who is in marketing. He started talking about couture this and couture that, and I took the opportunity to set at least one person straight. Couture clothing is a French term which refers to the handmade clothing that comes from couture ateliers. Any old expensive clothing is not couture, it is ready-to-wear. Oscar de la Renta is not couture. Gucci is not couture. Chanel, however, does make couture. (But not the stuff that is purchased off the rack.)
I ended my day in a tete-a-tete with the actress Julianna Margulies who was at the Narciso Rodriguez show and whose seat turned out to be next to mine. She explained that she had been too busy to get decked out in the whole Narciso kit, but that her black coat bore his label. The dress was by another designer who she politely refrained from naming since she was in Narciso's house.
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